Curtain Holdbacks Installation Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

Curtain holdbacks add a nice decorative element to your window decor Curtain rods hold the curtains up above the window frame. The rods are accented by a decorative finial---one on each end of the rod. Choose a curtain holdback design that either matches the curtain rod finial exactly, or one that accents the curtain rod finial. Because the two pieces of curtain hardware are mounted to the wall in such close proximity, they have to look good together.

Measuring the Placement of the Holdbacks

The purpose of curtain holdbacks is apparent in their name: they hold the curtains back out of the window opening to allow the maximum amount of light into the room when the curtains are open. When the curtains are closed, the holdbacks will remain hidden behind the curtains themselves so they will not be seen until they are needed again. There are no hard and fast rules governing the correct placement of curtain holdbacks relative to the window opening. There is, however, a recommended height range to follow as a guideline. To find this height range, either measure the distance between the top of the window opening and the floor (for curtains that extend from the curtain rod to the floor), or the distance from the top of the window to the bottom of the curtains themselves (for curtains that hang just past the bottom of the window opening). Deduct one third to one half of the total distance to find the recommended height range. Mounting the curtain holdbacks anywhere within this height range will look pretty good. Make a small mark on the wall with a pencil to signify the top end and the bottom end of this range. Hold the curtain holdbacks up to the wall and decide the placement that looks the best for that set of curtains. Use the same measurements when placing curtain holdbacks for other windows.

Mounting Curtain Holdback Hardware

When mounting curtain holdback hardware to any wall, it is ideal to mount the hardware into a stud for extra strength---especially if the curtains are made of heavy materials. The holdbacks themselves are most likely made of either metal or wood, so they will be strong. Find wall studs by using an electronic stud finder, and if a stud is found at the correct distance from the window, make a light mark on the wall with a pencil. Hold the curtain holdback against the wall and drive a screw through each hole with a drill. If a wall stud is not found, use plastic wall anchors to mount the holdbacks to the wall. Mark the correct hole placement on the wall with a pencil, pre-drill holes into the drywall and place a plastic anchor into the hole. Hold the holdback into place over the wall anchors and screw them into place with screws. Repeat the same process for the other side of the window, and for each subsequent window that requires holdbacks.

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